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A quirky romance which worked all the angles

ChocolateWorks_CoverThe Chocolate Works by Geoffrey Knight

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was nothing like I was expecting, and I really liked it.

Quirky, it felt as if it was pushing the whole ‘family helps with everything’ plotline a bit too far as some points, but I also didn’t actually care.

The characters and the setting were so compelling that I wasn’t in the slightest bit bothered that Ricky’s extended family had someone who could do everything that was needed.

That you could build a Chocolatier works in the middle of a tiny New Mexico town that was on its last legs was a stretch on its own.

Throw in a couple of the other plots and you’re asking a lot, but the author pulls it off because I wanted to see Levi and Henry make it through.

I loved both of them, same with all the secondary characters, the town, the chocolates Levi creates, they were all so very vividly drawn.

Just a thoroughly enjoyable read.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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A quite different fairy tale with a bite to the romance

A Faerie StoryA Faerie Story by Barbara Elsborg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was different and nothing at all like what I was expecting – and in a completely brilliant way.

What I’d been expecting was a Christmas-themed MMM romance with a sweet ending. What I actually got was an amazingly complex, beautifully developed world in which Faeries are real and where three men find happiness after fighting hard for it.

On the way there was magic, there were dastardly deeds, there were acts of heroism, a cute kid and dog, a bit of a creepy Westworld-style village in the Scottish Highlands and secrets galore.

Each of the three main characters was unique, with their own faults and flaws and I liked each of them for different reasons, but Aiden was my favourite. A soul burdened with a hard life but who had never given up hope.

This book isn’t your typical Christmas romance but it’s a wonderful story of love all the same and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

SPOILER NOTE:

There should be trigger warnings imho, as this book contains some serious subjects including an incident of domestic violence (short but on page).

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I LOL-ed from start to finish with this feel-good romance

43982798LOL: Laugh Out Loud by Lucy Lennox & Molly Maddox

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

LOL – and that’s just exactly what I did with the book, almost from start to finish.

This is the sort of madcap mayhem that used to be made into films starring Cary Grant and Colette Colbert in the 30s and 40s or possibly Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

It was sweet, sexy, emotional, hilarious, utterly ridiculous at times, it has a character who is central to the narrative who never actually appears on page and believe me, I cannot wait until we finally get to Oscar’s own book!

When Scotty appeared in book one I hoped he’d get his own story and what a ride it was. From the moment movie star Roman hijacks his carriage to the wonderful ending, this book is just a simply joyous read.

If you’re feeling at all down in the dumps, read this because I will guarantee it will bring a smile to your face.

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